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Peter Greste to Appeal Egypt Conviction

peter gresteThe family of jailed Al Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste has announced they will appeal his conviction on charges that he aided the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The BBC reports the Greste family felt they had “no option but to try to win his freedom through the criminal justice appeal system”:

“At least part of our strength comes from the understanding that this isn’t just about those wrongly convicted in our case. This is about press freedom, about freedom of speech not just in Egypt but globally,” the statement released by the Greste family on Friday said.

“Today we wish to announce we intend to appeal the verdict through the formal channels offered by the Egyptian legal system,” Mike Greste said in Brisbane. “It wasn’t a decision that was made lightly.”

Greste and two other Al Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy  and Baher Mohamed, were sentenced last month to seven years in jail.

Shepard Smith Gets Doused, Challenges Rachel Maddow to do the Same

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Shepard Smith got doused, all for a good cause.

The Fox News anchor was challenged to get two buckets of ice cold water dumped on him to raise money for the Kay Yow Foundation, named for the North Carolina State women’s basketball coach who died of  breast cancer in 2009.

Part of the challenge is to pass it on. So before he got all wet, Smith challenged three others to do the same. They include former Ole Miss and Arizona Diamonbacks star David Dellucci, Detroit Tigers star Joba Chamberlain and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

If they do it, Smith will give $50 each to the charity. If they don’t, they have to pony up $250. What’s it going to be, Rachel?

Watch the dousing of Shep, after the jump…

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From George Stephanopoulos’ Assistant, to EP of ‘This Week’

Jonathan Greenberger, the 31-year-old executive producer of ABC’s “This Week,” just got his Disney Pin for one year of employment with the company. But his association with ABC goes back several years, to when he first got out of college and was George Stephanopoulos‘ assistant. For his “Open Mike” series, Politico’s Mike Allen talks with Greenberger about how he’s putting his stamp on the long-running ABC News program. “There are so many interesting things happening around the country and around the world about important issues, and we’re trying to get out there, spend more time in the field and tell the stories in that way.” WATCH:

TV Jobs: Bloomberg, MediaLinks TV/ CCTV-America

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 23

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 262 | MSNBC: 78 | CNN: 140 | HLN: 97
  • Primetime: FNC: 415 | MSNBC: 161 | CNN: 164 | HLN: 152

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

170

TheFive:

254

Baier:

211

Greta:

237

O’Reilly:

436

Kelly:

429

Hannity:

380

O’Reilly:

245

Kelly:

320

MSNBC
Wagner:

49

EdShow:

64

Sharpton:

86

Matthews:

128

Hayes:

129

Maddow:

207

O’Donnell:

147

Hayes:

81

Maddow:

73

CNN
Tapper:

133

Blitzer:

138

Blitzer:

125

Burnett:

179

Cooper:

157

Cooper:

132

Tonight:

204

Tonight:

174

CNNI:

144

HLN
Now:

85

Files:

66

Files:

104

Jane:

75

Grace:

172

Dr.Drew:

138

Files:

148

Files:

160

Files:

154

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Hillary Clinton Acknowledges She’ll Have to ‘Work on’ Media Expectations

abc_hillary_clinton_nightline_interview_lpl_130129_mnShe’s already provided ample cable news fodder for months, and today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged she might need to reexamine her media outlook.

In an interview with NPR’s “On Point,” Clinton responded to former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson‘s criticism in a POLITICO interview. Abramson said Clinton is “incredibly unrealistic about journalists,” expecting too much loyalty.

“I think maybe one of the points Jill was making is that I do sometimes expect perhaps more than I should,” Clinton said about her relationship with the media. “And I’ll have to work on my expectations, but I had an excellent relationship with the State Department press that followed me for four years and enjoyed working with them, and whatever I do in the future, I look forward to having the same kind of opportunities.”

Clinton recently had ample opportunity to work on her interview skills ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run. Her “Hard Choices” book tour included interviews with ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, CNN, and Comedy Central.

Sunday Show Ratings: July 20

ABC’s “This Week” won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic July 20, besting CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +13,000 and +111,000 viewers, respectively. NBC’s “Meet the Press” was third, with “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” trading off for fourth and fifth.

Compared to the same week last year, ABC (+28% in total viewers / +41% in the demo), CBS (+12% / +28%) and Univision (+28% / +17%) were up across the board. NBC was flat in total viewers and down -6% in the demo, while Fox was down -5% and -29%, respectively.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,424,000 total viewers and 538,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for July 20:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 2.853M 896K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.840M 785K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.425M 723K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.011M 288K
UNI “Al Punto” 778K 366K

Rula Jebreal on MSNBC Cancellations and ‘Tragic’ Middle East Coverage

Rula Jebreal 304After causing a cable news firestorm earlier this week, former MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal spoke to TVNewser this morning about her MSNBC appearance cancellations, contract status, and coverage criticisms.

It was your typical cable news booking scenario for Jebreal on Monday. Sitting in the makeup chair before her appearance on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” she says she was approached by producers from another MSNBC daytime show and booked for the following day. But things changed following that fiery exchange with Farrow, during which she criticized MSNBC for uneven coverage of the Israel-Gaza crisis,  specifically calling out Andrea Mitchell.

Less than an hour after the Farrow appearance, she received an email from a producer cancelling her next-day booking. She would only say it was an MSNBC show with a female host. “I told the anchor I would not mention her name because I like her personally,” Jebreal told TVNewser. “She was not the person emailing me; her producers emailed me. And we talked in the evening when she found out what happened on social media, and she was very upset about it… actually she’s one of the people I admire and respect deeply.”

Jebreal responded to the email, asking if the cancellation decision was due to her on-air criticism, but didn’t receive a response. Yesterday, MSNBC issued a statement on Jebreal’s cancellations, claiming her Tuesday daytime appearances were cancelled to re-air parts of Chris Hayes‘ Monday night exclusive interview with a 15-year-old Palestinian American beaten by Israeli forces.  We reached out to MSNBC for this story, but did not hear back.

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David Gregory’s ‘Meet the Press’ Seat Continues Getting Hotter

david gregory_304x200Another new report suggests David Gregory‘s run as “Meet the Press” moderator is drawing to a close.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove expands on a New York Post report, writing that Gregory is “toast,” with either Chuck Todd or the Joe Scarborough-Mika Brzezinski tandem in line to replace him.

In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the [Page Six] item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast. According to my sources, Scarborough, 51, a Washington-savvy former Republican congressman from Florida, and Brzezinski, 47, the supremely well-connected daughter of former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, have been aggressively angling for the job in the event of Gregory’s all-but-certain demise. The 42-year-old Todd, who has occasionally clashed with Scarborough on the air, leading some to believe that there’s little love lost between them, has slimmed down in recent weeks to fighting trim. Todd, who wears a goatee, is also deeply knowledgeable about politics and Washington folkways.

This afternoon, Scarborough addressed the rumors on Twitter.

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Reporting on a Unique Tragedy, Chris Cuomo Motivated by ‘Sense of Purpose’

chis cuomo ukraineFor CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, covering Malaysia Airlines flight 17 — a passenger jet shot down by a surface-to-air missile in a conflict zone near the Ukraine/Russia border — was a unique experience in his seasoned journalism career.

“We’ve covered different types of conflict and war and we’ve covered disasters like this, plane crashes, but never together. I know they’ve happened before, [but] in recent history, we just haven’t had to deal with anything like this. And I think the compounding effect of the humanity takes you by surprise because you have to deal with so many different things at once,” he tells TVNewser.

In addition to the logistical challenges of reporting from the unstable region, an active conflict zone controlled by militants who can be hostile to Americans, Cuomo says one of the most difficult tasks of his time in eastern Ukraine was fighting the instinct to “go out there and just cover [the bodies] and try to protect them, because it was clear that nobody was going to do it.”

“The first thing I did when I got there, and I saw what was going on: I said a prayer for the dead. And it’s not because I’m particularly religious, because I’m not,” Cuomo says. Read more

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